A proposal by a Ventura County judge to “drop” a “declared sexually violent predator” into San Bernardino County, is facing strong opposition by the San Bernardino County Law Enforcement.
According to authorities, a Ventura County judge plans to send Ross Leo Wollschlager, a convicted rapist and child molester, to Joshua Tree. A press release sent by the Office of the District Attorney Jason Anderson on Thursday, Oct. 17, said Anderson along with San Bernardino County Sheriff John McMahon vehemently oppose to Joshua Tree being a dumping site for a sexual predator with no connections to the county.
“This person, Ross Leo Wollschlager, has no ties to San Bernardino County. His crimes were committed in Ventura County. His prior grants of outpatient treatment and subsequent revocations of his outpatient status occurred in Ventura County. If he is to be released, San Bernardino County law enforcement thinks he should remain in Ventura County,” said the DA’s Office.
According to authorities, Wollschlager committed multiple rapes and child molestations, and has crept into homes of his victims late at night after first peeping in on them.
Once inside, he would find his prey sleeping, and then commit rape, said authorities. In 1983, Wollschlager was charged with four counts of rape, and convicted by his plea of two counts of rape, said authorities. In 1987, he was paroled after serving his sentence.
Authorities said that after his release from prison, Wollschlager sexually assaulted a 10-year-old girl asleep in her bed in her family’s home. He was caught and convicted of committing lewd acts on a child.
A final determination will be made in Ventura County Superior Court on Thursday, Nov. 7 at 9 a.m.